Installation and Configuration of VMware ESXi

Posted by pacharya on September 29, 2010

Installation and Configuration of VMware ESXi

1. Requirement


  1. VMware ESXi 4.1 server
  2. vSphere client 4.1


  1. Any hardware which confirm to the Compatibility Guide

2. Installation

  • Download ESX Server ISO from Then install it on any hardware supported (see ESX Server compatibility list). I recommend you install ESX server in physical server rather than VMWare Workstation (otherwise, it will run very slow). I used Powerspec S400 Intel Xeon dual processor with 4 GB of RAM.
  • After installation (which will take around 2 mins), reboot the system.

  • After reboot you will see a light management interface. Press F2 to configure the system.
  • Set password and static IP address on the server.
  • Enable SSH access to remotely access the server.

3. Configuration

  • A vSphere client is used to connect to server.
  • Connect to the ESX server using the vSphere by providing the IP of the server and necessary credentials.

Picture 1: Login

  • To upload the image in the datastore, do the following
    • Select the summary tab in vSphere
    • Right click datastore in which you want to upload the image, then select Browse Datastore

Picture 2: Browse Datastore

  • In the datastore browser, click on the upload button, then select the upload folder

database browser
Picture 3: Upload folder

  • Browse the uploaded folder , right click on the Virtual Machine file, and then select Add to the Inventory
  • Give the name of the VM, Resource Pool and finish.

add to inventory
Picture 4: Add to inventory

  • After the image is added to the inventory, do the following
    • Right click the VM and then Edit Settings
    • Adjust the Memory, CPU requirement according to the resource available and resource needed by the image
    • In the Network Adaptor->Network Connection, use the VM Network. This sets up the VMware image in the bridge connection mode. The subnet of VMs should be connected to the network.

edit setting
Picture 5: Edit Setting

  • Right click the VM , then power->power on.

Picture 6: Power on

  • If the image does not start right away, right click the VM ->guest->Answer question. Then answer the question whether the image has been moved or copied. This should start the VM.

Picture 7: Answer Question